Local resources. Inspiring stories. Practical advice.
Whether it’s physical, financial, professional or psychological, everybody goes through tough times in their lives. Josh Martin was 28 years old when he experienced his biggest challenge yet: an aggressive form of leukemia. Inspired by his journey, the Overcoming Obstacles Handbook is a free collection of real-life stories, practical advice and local resources in B.C.’s Okanagan region geared at helping people who are facing adversity.
Scroll below to download your free copy and to find local resources.
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Community resources in the Okanagan region
One of the most important lessons Josh learned from his health crisis was the importance of community. Whether it was accessing peer support programs, using the Cancer Society’s shuttle service to get to appointments or tapping into educational materials from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, community resources played a big role in his success.
Whatever obstacle you face in life — personally, professionally or otherwise — be sure to consider the resources available in your community. Fortunately, the Okanagan area boasts all kinds of organizations and programs focused on helping folks overcome a variety of obstacles.
Below, you’ll find information about some of them. This listing is by no means exhaustive, but it will hopefully give you a flavour of the kinds of resources available in your own backyard.
Interior Crisis Line Network
BC Crisis Line
Okanagan Mental Health Services Society
Mental Health Services
Canadian Mental Health Association – South Okanagan Similkameen
Canadian Mental Health Association – Kelowna
(mental health wellness centre for parents and youth)
Local depression therapists
Local anxiety therapists
Interior Health Authority
Find a local chiropractor
Find a local registered massage therapist
Find a local physiotherapist
Alzheimer Society of British Columbia – Interior Region
BC Cancer – Kelowna
Services for seniors – North Okanagan
(Nexus BC Community Resource Centre)
Seniors Outreach & Resource Centre
Families and individuals
Child and Family Services office for Kelowna
Building Healthy Families Society
The Bridge Youth & Family Services
Parent Support Services Society of BC
Okanagan Boys & Girls Club
Okanagan Ability Centre
The Gay Okanagan Network
Reach Out – Youth Counselling & Family Services
Connect Counselling & Therapy Society
(formerly The Kelowna Family Centre)
Local relationship therapists
Local divorce therapists
Local grief counsellors
Emergency support and shelters
Kelowna Women’s Shelter
Inn from the Cold – Kelowna
Kelowna Youth Shelter
Kelowna’s Gospel Mission
Central Okanagan Food Bank
The Armstrong Food Bank
Central Okanagan RCMP Victim Services
Employment and financial
Local career guidance counsellors
Employment Services – Thompson-Okanagan
YMCA of Okanagan – Employment Services
Credit Counselling Society – Kelowna
Kelowna Newcomers Club
Penticton Newcomers Club
(Okanagan Regional Library)
South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services
Want to help others in your community overcome obstacles? Here are few local opportunities to consider:
South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre
(local volunteer opportunities)
(local volunteer opportunities)
Blood donor clinics
(search for nearby clinics in Okanagan)
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central and Southern Interior of BC
Habitat for Humanity Okanagan